I’ve spent the last hour and a half doing a listing exercise for inspiration that I read off a NaNoWriMo guide. Basically it’s going through all the novels/comics/movies/etc that I love and writing down what I loved about them and why, or what I wish was different/how I think it should have been handled. Supposedly this is a good exercise to figure out what you want and don’t want in your story. Kind of helps you notice themes, too.
I seem to absolutely love stories about saving the world from darkness, but you find that there is no white or black… it’s gray. Stories where difficult decisions suck and can have a powerful effect on the hero and their companions negative or positive. I also seem to love stories that show evil characters aren’t born but instead made by the environment, and how a hero has to struggle against that.
I also seem to really love characters that have one or more of the following traits give or take, mix and match:
+ Theatrical personality / flamboyant
+ Masked / Secretive
+ Trickster / Prankster / Fox-like Characters
+ Sarcastic / Comically Blunt
+ Has a dark past they try to ignore/don’t want to talk about/or just don’t want to involve others in/personal vendettas
+ Good person converted to Evil because of something tragic / Redeemable
+ Rough on the outside, but soft on the inside
This has been a very interesting exercise. I will admit that.
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